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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-04-2010, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Weep from Rocker Covers

I checked my valve clearance for the first time. Really simple procedure. Put it back together and started it up.
Oil started weeping from the rocker covers. So I bought some new o-rings and still have a weep...not as bad now... Any thoughts?

I also verified the covers were installed in the proper location.
How can you tell the difference between the rocker covers?
exhaust rocker = two fins on inside of cover
Intake Cover = smooth inside
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Fisrt thing that comes to mind is o-ring damage after the first re-assembly. But then after replacing the o-rings and still leaking I'd be blaming myself for possibly leaving some small left-overs behind from the old o-ring. It doesn't take much.



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Then again, I hope you were carefull bolting the covers back on and didn't add a nice hair-line fracture....nah, it coudn't be that.....I hope...I mean you used a torque wrench right?



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I was afraid of debris under the cover and o-ring so i made sure it was very clean this time! Maybe i need to tighten them more.... I think I need to take them off again and just recheck...

Come on, its a cover and o-ring!!!!...I feel Like a stupid dummy...
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dumb question - did you alternate between the two bolts while tightening? those covers are not the strongest parts by any means. Ya - recheck and take care when tightening the two bolts.



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Yes, I did an alternating torquing method.
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just noticed you are from MA, me too, I'm in Northbridge, where are you?



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Im in Milford... right around the corner.

As of right now its suppose to be a nice weekend. So Im going to take my time and really inspect the covers. Im also going to wipe down any residual oil residue, then spray some "developer" (that comes with a dye penetrate kit I have for looking for cracks, the stuff works great for seeing where oil weeps come from. Talcum powder works good too, but I don't have any) around the suspect area. Hopefully find something simple.

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weekend weather is looking nice - I hope you got it all fixed and back together (although I think you have to put all back together before you know if it's fixed)



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I checked my valve clearance for the first time. Really simple procedure.
You must have more skill than I do. I thought the valve check was ridiculous - remove the carbs!? Made me wish I had bought the Shadow instead. Or better yet, a boxer-engined beemer.

I replaced my rubber seals without incident. Yamaha charges a lot for those little things!

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